Attention Economy — Advent, Part 4

From Abraham to Gideon, David to Isaiah, we see again and again the way God picks unlikely partners to bring grace and healing to the world. The familiar Christmas stories include some of the best examples of God seeking out unlikely people. When we see how God works, these stories invite us to rethink the… Continue Reading →

Plan C — Advent, Part 3

As we near the end of 2020, we may remember all the things we planned to do before the COVID-19 pandemic. We may have had to change some plans over and over again. What can we learn about planning from Joseph, who was the all-time champion at making new plans? Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 1:18–25 in “Plan… Continue Reading →

Expand — Advent, Part 2

When we think about the Virgin Mary, we mostly think about her youth, as women in that typically married in their early teens. Or perhaps we think about the responsibility of bearing a son who was doomed to die. But we should also remember her virginity. Why is the Virgin Birth important to Christians? Pastor… Continue Reading →

Hope — Advent, Part 1

Among the other Christmas stories is the less familiar story of a man named Zechariah. While it might not be as well known as Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men, or the Shepherds and Angels, his situation is very common. It’s the story of a man whose life (or a part of it) has been… Continue Reading →

The Enlightenment – An Advent Series

John begins his account of the life and work of Jesus with a poem. It’s beautiful … but what does he mean by it? And what does it mean for us today? For Advent, Pastor Luke looks at the beginning of John’s gospel. (The series begins on November 27, 2016 and runs for 4 messages.)

Alpha and Omega — The Coming Light, Part 1

The church year begins with Advent, the season when we prepare ourselves to welcome Christ when he returns. But it’s been 2000 years! How can we take the idea of his return seriously? And what should we do while we wait? Pastor Luke looks at Revelation 1:4–8 NLT in “Alpha and Omega,” the first message in a new series… Continue Reading →

The Big Reveal — Revelation, Part 1

Sir John Tenniel | Public Domain The Book of Revelation is filled with hard to interpret visions and symbols, partly because its audience was experiencing a time of intense persecution. What can it say to Christians today who don’t get the symbolism and who aren’t suffering like the original hearers? Pastor Luke looks at Revelation 1:9—2:7 in “The Big Reveal… Continue Reading →

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